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Eye On Design: ergoErgo Seating!

ergoErgo Booth at ICFF
ergoErgo Booth at ICFF, 2017 (All Photos By Gail)

Ergonomic seating has been a hot ticket item for decades now; but the ways in which designs continue to evolve keeps the field exciting and on trend! At ICFF 2017 we fell in love with the ergoErgo office seating, not only for its funky and functional modern design, but for its availability in a spectrum of vibrant colors to please a range of personal tastes!

ErgoErgo Multicolored 3
Sit On It

The ergoErgo chair invites you to sit dynamically. Evolution designed us to walk and run, to chase prey across the plans, to stalk in the forest, to crouch around a campfire. But to sit rigidly in a chair for extended periods of time? Not so much. Our bodies were made to move! Traditional chairs make our muscles passive and weak by locking the body into a rigid position. Today’s worldwide epidemic of aching backs, sore shoulders, and stiff necks is caused in great part by poor by sitting. People slump and slouch on rigid chairs in offices and classrooms. Many think that they have to live with a ‘bad back,’ but often they just need to sit correctly.

ErgoErgo Signage

When you in on an ergoErgo chair, you shift through a whole range of large and small movements. Your breathing deepens. Your blood circulates freely. Your spine twists gently, bringing fluid to the inter-vertebral discs. The abdominal muscles keep the body upright and supple.

ErgoErgo Presentation

Replacing even your considered-to-be ergonomic office chair with ergoErgo not only strengthen your core, but  it will also awaken your mind. ErgoErgo is intelligent design that every body can benefit from.

ErgoErgo Multicolored

Available in three sizes to fit both kids and adults, ergoErgo has won both the Edison Award and the Good Design award! And best of all, it retails for around $100! Find out more about ergoErgo at This Link!

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Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Calavera “Skull” Chair!

Calavera Chair
All Photos By Gail

Spotted at ICFF 2017: What could be more perfectly predestined  for this blog than a Pink Skull Chair! Swoon! What makes this design even more special is that it is the second appearance on The Gig of a Flocked Skull! Manufactured by Polart, the company uses a special technique to electrostatically adhere the flock to its products, resulting in a texture that is soft like velvet to the touch. Appropriately, the collection (which includes other designs) is known as Flockart.

3 Calavera Chairs

The Calavera Chair is the first piece of a collection inspired by Mexico’s heritage and its most recognized holiday, Dia de los Muertos, the holiday to honor the dead. Calavera, which translates in English as a human skull, is a the ideal name for the chair depicted as a giant skull and decorated with ornate details — such as the crown which serves as the chair’s back support — to represent Dia de los Muertos. Calavera is constructed of polyurethane, steel and a choice of fabric.

Calavera Chair 2
A Soft Cush for Your Tush

The Calavera Chair design is the first collaboration with a furniture company for designer Dirk Vermeire, whose background as an artist is rooted in his Flemish culture. His works have been presented at high profile art shows across the globe, including Art Basel. Vermeire currently resides between Ghent, Belgium, and Marbella, Spain, where his Plexiglas studio is located.

The Flockart collection will be produced in both indoor and outdoor options and will be available in the brand’s 20 signature bold colors and durable materials. The Calavera Chair is priced to retail at $719 for the outdoor version and $599 for interior designs.

3 Calavera Chairs Installation View

Eye On Design: Dressing Table and Mirror By Norman Bel Geddes

Dressing Table and Mirror Norman Bel Geddes
Photo By Gail

This Vanity (1928) stands as a harbinger in the evolution of an American modern style. Norman Bel Geddes (1893 -1988) conceived of it only a year after founding the first industrial design firm in the United States. His prior experience on theater and film sets lent a dramatic flair to his consumer products, including  this dressing table and mirror, made of enameled and chrome-plated steel, which was part of a larger suite of metal bedroom furniture.

Designed a the height of the Roaring Twenties, it echoes the sleek modernity of Manhattan skyscrapers, a favored motif among Art Deco designers, with its sequence of setbacks from drawers to mirror top. The industrial materials emphasize the design’s mechanical production, while the polished enamel and elegant trim and drawer pulls suggest something of the luxurious finishes found in handmade Art Deco furniture.

Seen in the Mirror: A reflection of the painting, I Saw The Figure Five in Gold By Charles Demuth.

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

Eye On Design: Oshibana Flower Chair by Annie Evelyn

Oshibana Chair
All Photos By Gail

Annie Evelyn is a furniture maker who creates alternatively upholstered chairs. Joy, laughter and the unexpected are at the heart of her work. Using furniture’s inherent interactive qualities and relationships to the human body, Evelyn sets out to invent new tactile experiences.

Annie Evelyn Booth

Oshibana Chair Detail
Oshibana Chair, Upholstery Detail

The Oshibana chair is covered with handmade paper flowers and silk flowers on a wood and foam base. See more of Evelyn’s work at her Website.

Oshibana Chair 1

Photographed in The Furniture Society Booth at ICFF 2017, Javits Center NYC

Eye On Design: The Pixel Fire Sofa By Cristian Zuzunaga

Pixel Sofa
All Photos By Gail, Except Where Noted

After four hours at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), we were still looking out for that one Wow! piece of the show. We knew we had found it when we spotted the Pixel Fire Sofa: part of the Pixel Series from Cristian Zuzunaga. I’ll say it now: Wow!

Pixel Fire Sofa From Website
Pixel Sofa Front View (Image Source)

It was not possible to get a good, clear shot of the front of the sofa, due to the Fair’s high volume of foot traffic, and of course many people stopping to look at, touch, and sit on this fantastic piece of furniture.  I pulled the above image off the website to let you really see the full sofa without obstructions.

Pixel Sofa Back
And here’s the Sofa as seen from the back

The Pixel Sofa was born of a 2007-2008 collaboration with Moroso UK (designer of sofas, armchairs and accessories) and Kvadrat (Europe’s leading manufacturer of designer textiles) to design a limited edition sofa based on  Cristian’s pixel print designs applied to upholstery.

Pixel Upholstery Angled Front View

I think you will agree that the results are spectacular!

Pixel Upholstery Detail
Pixel Upholstery and Pillow Cover Detail

The Pixel sofa also comes with a generous selection of coordinating throw pillows and cushions for a comfortable and fully immersive experience! Fire is one of six distinctive design variations in the Pixel series. Each design is unique, so no two sofas will ever look identical.

Pixel Sofa and Pillows Detail

An intrinsic element to Cristian’s work is his belief in the way that color can positively affect human emotion. As a result, the covers are removable, allowing you to change the look of your sofa to reflect your mood and your individual style. Suggested price point: 5,995 Euros.

Pixel Sofa Lengthwise View

Erwin Wurm’s Ethics Demonstrated in Geometrical Order, at Lehmann Maupin

Installation View
Installation View (All Photos By Gail)

If you enjoy humorous, absurdist art in the conceptual style of David Shirley, and you also love Midcentury Modern Furnishings, and you have an Instagram account, then you will surely go wild over Austrian sculptor Erwin Wurm’s latest exhibit, Ethics Demonstrated in Geometrical Order, which is in its final two weeks at the Lehmann Maupin Gallery. Grab your camera and your sense of childish playfulness and head on over!

Installation View With Ethics Demonstrated in a Geometrical Way

Ethics Demonstrated in Geometrical Order (which is also the title of the piece seen front and center in the above photo) is an exhibit that a encourages — even demands — viewer participation in that you are asked to physically interact with the art in a series of One Minutes Sculptures, as follows:

The basic premise of a One Minute Sculpture remains uniform. For each work, using a drawing or specific text, Wurm directs participants to pose with an object, which have ranged from cleaning products and sneakers to furniture and fruit. The viewer enacts the proposed sculpture on a low plinth, manipulating their body and the predetermined prop in a pose held for a short time.

Instructions

While instructions are printed on each object, a descriptive sheet with photo illustrations is available at the gallery’s front desk.

One Minute Sculptures

Let’s take a closer look!

Installation View

A Sofa and a Blue Dustpan invite you to perform the One Minute Sculpture known as The Parallel Universe.

The Parallell Universe

Hold the Dustpan against the sofa with your body.

Ethics Demonstrated in a Geometrical Way

Instructions for Ethics Demonstrated in a Geometrical Way: kneel in front of the chair and place your head through the hole.

Head TV

Head TV: Lower your head through the hole in the cabinet.

Head TV Instructions

Fun!

Wurm reiterates that the success of these ephemeral pieces is determined by the exactness with which the directions are executed, stating, “The One Minute Sculptures only come into existence if the public follows precisely the instructions of the artist and free will has a low priority.”

Installation View With Deep Snow

Deep Snow: Step into the holes and lift the bench, holding it aloft with your legs.

Instructions for Deep Snow

Organization of Love

Instructions for Organization of Love

Organization of Love: With a partner, hold the foam sheet between your foreheads with your arms resting on the cushion.

Roast Yourself Under the Sun of Epicure

Roast Yourself Under the Sun of Epicure: Rest your head under the lamp.

Roast Yourself Under the Sun of Epicure Directions

Spaceship to Venus

Spaceship to Venus: Lie down inverted on the seat of the chair and lift your legs in the air.

Spaceship to Venus Directions

Pink Melted Building
Equitable

In addition to the One Minute Sculptures, the exhibition includes five new sculptural works in cast bronze and mixed media, including Equitable (2016) and Flat Iron (2016), recreations of two iconic New York buildings that appear to be melting, and Bad Thoughts (2016), created by casting deformed bags of clay.

Installation View with Flatiron
Flat Iron

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Bad Thoughts

Bad Thoughts reminded me of Big Kastenmann, the sculpture that Wurm made for display in front of the Standard Hotel back in 2012. As you can see, the exhibit is lots of fun and be sure to go with a friends so that you can get your snaps in!

Erwin Wurm’s Ethics Demonstrated in Geometrical Order will be on Exhibit Through May 26th, 2017 at Lehmann Maupin, Located at 536 West 22nd Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Installation View with Spaceship to Venus

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Eye On Design: Charlotte Perriand’s Revolving Armchair Circa 1928

Revolving Armchair
All Photos By Gail

In this design, partly inspired by an office swivel chair, Charlotte Perriand softened the rigidity of the tubular, chrome-plated frame with a stuff cushion resting on coil springs. Because the frame and the upholstery required considerable handwork, the chair was relatively expensive and manufactured in limited numbers. Perriand used such chairs in her own Paris apartment.

Revolving Armchair
This View More Closely Shows the Chair’s Curved Back Detailing

Photographed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.